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Water Droplets Appearing On Phrag Leaves

This is a discussion on Water Droplets Appearing On Phrag Leaves within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; So yesterday I spent about an hour polishing the leaves of my growing collection of ...

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    Default Water Droplets Appearing On Phrag Leaves

    So yesterday I spent about an hour polishing the leaves of my growing collection of plants - they now look good enough to do your make up in by the way. Last night before I went to bed I just had to have one more look at the mirror shine brightness of my phrags when to my horror I noticed that there was water or some other type of fluid seeping from the edges of my Mont Fallu leaves. I wiped it of and after an hour went to check on them again and to my horror the water had returned. It just looks like very small drops of rain on the edge of the leaf. All of the leaves on my Mont Fallu were weeeping. It is not a deluge but more so looks as if it has misted itself in a few places along the blades.

    The droplets are small and they don't move or run down into the crown so I am not too concerned I just wonder why this is.


    It is only on my Mont Fallu. None of my other orchids have been affected. I wonder if it is due to Monty being in spike and actively growing. It is starting a new growth and I can see a new root coming and as I said already there are two spikes forming.

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    What did you polish them with?

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    Quote Originally Posted by orcoholic View Post
    What did you polish them with?
    A fabulous formular which is my secret! No it is worth talking about so I am overjoyed that you have asked. I used something I found on the web - don't ask me where I don't remember, but it is as follows:

    1tbl spoon Olive Oil
    2 drops of washing up liquid
    300 ml of warm water

    Mix it around a little and then you are ready to start giving your leaves a new lease of life. I couldn't stop staring at mine! Just apply with a sponge and rub all over the leaf. It does leave a somewhat greasy residue but you then buff with a soft duster after application to bring up a high gloss smooth finish. They look wet but they're not. I am so glad I gave it a try. I have had it for a while now but was too lazy to bother doing it - I didn't think it would be that great but I was wrong. I now plan on cleaning them every six months or so.

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    The plant is transpiring or trying to vaporize water into the air and perhaps there was more olive oil on this plants leaf surface than your other orchids they are unable to transpire anywhere but along the very edge so you get droplets. Just a theory. - martha

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teena View Post
    The plant is transpiring or trying to vaporize water into the air and perhaps there was more olive oil on this plants leaf surface than your other orchids they are unable to transpire anywhere but along the very edge so you get droplets. Just a theory. - martha
    Hi Martha. That's an interesting theory. It has stopped now though so maybe there is no more need to worry . I will not be cleaning the leaves again for some time so hopefully it won't happen again. Thank you for your helpful insight.

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    I would recommend being very careful with the oil and your orchids.

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    They do look great though I would be very careful with oils too.

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    Me too, another alternative you can use neem oil well you can get the same outcome with another advantages remove most of the spider mites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zainal abidin View Post
    Me too, another alternative you can use neem oil well you can get the same outcome with another advantages remove most of the spider mites.
    Thanks Zainal. I will keep a look out for neem oil. Luckily I don't have any spider mites - I don't think, but if I ever do I shall buy some immediately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by orcoholic View Post
    They do look great though I would be very careful with oils too.

    Thanks orcholic. I think that the experiment worked well. They are nice and shiny but next time I'll use more traditional methods.

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